From what I've seen, when you pay for an ebook, you don't own it like you would own a physical book. The only thing you're buying is a "nonexclusive, nontransferable, revokable and limited right to access and read the text of this book on-screen". You pay for an ebook, go to another country where they aren't available and poof, they're gone.
If the book is published in print, I'm going to buy a physical copy. If it's only available in ebook format, why should I pay for a "license"?
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Yes, you are right. It's like paying for a movie ticket. You go to the cinema, you watch it, it's over.
With the book, you buy it, you go to their website, and you read it, it've over.
With a few tricks, you can often download them to your computer and keep them forever... with a few tricks, you can get the books in pdf format from torrents and pay absolutely nothing..
It's really up to you.. the advantage of the real book, is that it's a physical thing, and sometimes might be easier to hold and carry, and flipping pages might its magic for you.
The advantage of the e-book:
You can search for words in a split second; jump chapters easily; read it in any device; increase decrease or change the font size to better suit your eyes. You don't forget the book at home when you go for a trip.. you can always access it if you are connected. It doesn't take physical space. You can quickly change book on the same device.
The disadvantage might be that in low density resolution displays the pixels on the letters are visible and affect vision causing tireness. This is also caused by the backlighting, which a book doesn't have. But kindle has fixed all those things for you, and newer pc's and phones have high density displays too.0